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Movement Disorders Nurse Specialist Pilot Program

Movement Disorders Nurse Specialist Pilot Program
A movement disorder is a neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s, which causes problems with increased or reduced movement, like tremors or spasms.

Last year we secured funding from the Australian Government to pilot a new and specialised nursing service in the Northern Territory for people living with a range of movement disorders.

This was an opportunity to improve health outcomes for people living with neurological conditions associated with movement disorders by providing access to specialist nursing care and increasing the capacity of health professionals to care for them.

We have since established the service, which is now available for referrals.

Who is this service for?
The pilot project is targeted towards people with Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

When is the program available?
The program is now up and running and open for referrals. It will run until July 2023.

How do referrals work?
Referrals are open to anyone in the NT who has been diagnosed with a movement disorder. You may self-refer to the service or, with your permission, a family member can make contact on your behalf. You may also be referred by your GP, Neurologist, Geriatrician, Medical Specialist, or the Allied Health Team.

Referrals go through the Community Allied Health Team at TopEndIntake.THS@nt.gov.au

If you want to discuss a referral, please contact Yolanda on 0477313760.

How much does the service cost?
The service is free.

How does the service work?
As a community-based and person-cantered service, the Movement Disorder Specialist Nurse will visit you at your home, residential care facility, hospital, or remote community.
Follow-up appointments are based on the requirements of the person and the professional assessment of the nurse. The frequency of the visits is not predetermined.

We hope this service enables people living with movement disorders to live independently in the community and help prevent or reduce hospitalisations or residential care admissions.

This project is supported by NT Health and Northern Territory PHN.

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